Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia is one of the last major cities on the east coast that will experience totality during the eclipse. As a result, people from all over the world are making their way to the Palmetto state.
One woman News 19 spoke to, traveled all the way from London on Saturday to Columbia, and is making her way down to Charleston to experience the historic event.
Although, this event won’t be as historic for her. This will be her second total solar eclipse.
“I just want to relive the experience I had in 1999,” says Laura Lagonigro. “It was the 11th of August and I was in my early 20's.”
Lagonigro, who was born in Italy, says she traveled from the south of Italy to Vienna, Austria to see the 1999 eclipse.
“We went into a park, which was a perfect choice, because we could see how nature reacts when to the solar eclipse at 100 percent,” she says.
Lagonigro says her experience seeing the total solar eclipse is hard to put in words, but that it was emotionally liberating.
“I've seen a lot of things,” says Lagonigro. “I'm a physicist and so I kind of always know what's behind everything, I can see the work of man, but with nature, when you get something like that, I don't think it's something you can explain.”
“It's like a massive storm or lightning and everything times 100. It's just really overpowering.”
For people who have never witnessed a total solar eclipse, she suggests getting a view in nature, like at a park. She also says you shouldn't try to capture images of the eclipse on your phone, instead, just allow your body to experience it.
”It's like the absolute best show you can see on earth." Lagonigro says she hopes to catch the next eclipse in 2019 in South America.
The path of totality is expected to make its way to Columbia by 2:41 in the afternoon.